by Mike Quinones

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For a physical copy of this album, which contains several pages of my artwork, send me a message at mikequinonesmusic@hotmail.com.


released January 14, 2014

All songs written and recorded by Mike Quinones.



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Track Name: Outlive Us
True fear
Cast out from the oldest tree
to catalog the twirling dust of interlocking galaxies

The giants that have gone away
Their sleeper cells in disarray
With eyes of wood and scales of willow green
They're rising from the underworld
with voice boxes that carry pearls
They flicker in our window panes
and stare into our souls

Start again
Start again

Every longing is a seed
Its ticking heart is buried deep

Above the ground
beneath a roof of slate and wood
all weatherproofed
With the weight of fear and wonder pressing down
And the moment was a trembling beam
in heated glass
and in between our faces was
an inward folding breath

Yes every longing is a seed
Its ticking heart is buried deep
With the weight of all creation pressing down
And when I kissed you on the stairs
On that glowing winter's night
All the things that will outlive us
started digging for the light
All the things that will outlive us
started climbing to the light

They started drinking from the earth
and climbing to the light

Start again
Start again
Track Name: In the Land of Trees
When the sea speaks to the blue heights
Where cloudy birds will glide and jungle beasts will run
When the trees bow in the moonlight
And somewhere close a solar wind flies from the sun

Though my heart beats on a big drum
When dragons cross the kingdom
I won't hold back a thing from you

When the old man in the mountain
Closes his eyes and sinks into the core
Where the hills roll, love surrounds them
When we merge like rushing sunbeams on the floor

Though the earth may crack and shatter
I won't shake on shaking ladders
When I have the one that matters to me

So we will play for a thousand years
In the land of trees
In the land of sun
And we will sleep in the shade of a lifetime
And run, run, run
Through wonderful lands

So I'll break handcuffs and tethers
I will walk above the weather
When the one I'll love forever is near
Track Name: Water Lion
Get out of the water
I'm telling you don't be calling out
when my boy goes swimming

Water Lion
His hands are deadly
and his eyes are black and bright
He sleeps on a big stone
surrounded by rapids
Get out of the water
Baby beware!

Deep under the current
He moves like a master
All through the hunting hours
Striking, smiting
faster than arrowheads

Water Lion
His mane is copper
and his claws are white
as steam

He eats on a big stone
surrounded by rapids
He's playing for keeps now
Baby beware!

The river is green
and the river is white
But the water is blue
And it moves in his eyes
And it moves in the dark
Through the chambers of hearts
With the beauty of water
rushing over the stars
Track Name: Helicopter
Helicopter drives
on strange heights
and banks of stones
Engines throwing off clouds

Through the rounds of sun
We're threading up yards
Five hundred down
Blown through towering hills

The air is getting deep
Bird songs on the bottom

Pounds of atmosphere
are stacking up
the deeper down

Touching down on grass
The currents are slow
The ground is shaking
with dogs and thundering trains

The air is getting deep
You can hear the ground
from here
Track Name: I Swear I Saw You
Oh the camera was shaking and the forest hid your face
Your silhouette was just too far away
But I remember everything
I wrote it down, a tape-recorder caught the sound
Caught you whistling and howling crazy at the burning stars
The burning stars

All the whippoorwills were singing when you ran across the road
The headlight beams revealed your blinking eyes
And I am told you looked so very curious
And almost like a man
Until you hopped the fence and ran off, chattering into the heavy night
Into the heavy night

Well I heard you came down from the hills just looking for a fight
They said they saw you in a graveyard
With your face all glowing white
I heard you took a shotgun blast right to the chest
But you laughed it off
You must be blessed, or maybe you are the Devil
Or the Devil's son

But I do not believe in all of that
I'm not a fool, I'm not a tag-along for shadows supernatural
Oh I know you better
Hungry ghost or cannibal, kicking at the cabin walls
I know you
I know you better

So I followed you through wilderness
Through cold and rocky peaks
I saw your tracks in snow like waking dreams
At eighteen thousand feet
The air was sharp and thin as fiberglass
But I will not deny the past
I've got the microphone you smashed and the rope you clawed through
I swear I saw you
I swear I saw you
Track Name: Carina's Escape
You escape
Wash your lines off, constellation
Now I can't say
where I'll see you tomorrow
Survive for me
and crash through the color bars
Send me a slow, slow song

So I won't fear
Push me on my way
Buying time
Clinging to strings
I'll stop when I know
where you are
where you are

Stay awake
Stars are leaving, tired Carina
It's clear to me
This time I won't wonder
Surround my ears
with shell blasts in harmony
and flicker like landing lights

So I won't fear
Push me on my way
Buying time
clinging to strings
I'll stop when I know
where you are
where you are
Track Name: The Electric Espers
Lay out the scenes
and smooth the floors
I feel action lines
blow over you
through mapped out space
While video rolls
my spirit will fly above your balcony

Roll out the steam
I dropped a name
and never heard it land
It's the edge of the world
where trees hold on
The road plunges down
I'll meet you
inside some scrolling galaxy
Track Name: Raised by Wolves
Oh I was born with a torch in my hand
My soul descended from the crawl-space tunnels and broadband
I thought I heard a seance- A candle ring of fiery tongues
Smoke stacks, carrier waves expand my lungs
Here comes the angel of wrath with the heavenly host
I'm the doom of the wicked
I'm a virtually unstoppable ghost

Well I should tell you I was raised by wolves in a past life
I went out in a blaze of glory- A blast of light
But suddenly I'm filling up the skin of a metal frame
My skeleton is crackling- My engine's a bed of flames!

I've half a mind- Half a mind
To call you out
To take you down
To set you right
Clear the way!

It was a slow, slow dance with the Lady of Liberty
She whispered in my ear, "Oh baby, deliver me-
But don't tell your friends that I said so- They'd never understand-
All the subtleties between a warning shot and total war at my command- "

And now I know how the news flash shocks and haunts her
Torpedoes and mines, smart bombs and rocket launchers
On the continental shelf
Deep inside the bending shadow of the coast
Well fire up the special effects
Shoot out the lights and block the roads

We're mixing our metaphors
We kicked in the sliding doors
The ocean side think tanks are building a fighting force
Switchboards and ancient bones- Swords in foundation stones
We are dreaming in the heat spell with our ears pressed to the ground

This is the sound of the snapping of redwood trees,
crack of the champion's whip
Splinters and shockwaves and muscle-bound battleships
The hour of our reckoning is floating seven feet above our heads
We are tracing the cross-sections
of a juggernaut that barrels to the end

This is the final boss battle and our spines will cross and rattle
We're charging through the silence of the pines and frost and travel
to the borders of the empire, and the teeth of the waterfall
With credits rolling on and up
We levitate-
We're phantoms at your call
Track Name: Centuries
There is a city underground
The air is warm, the water moves
Unwrapping diamonds, counting down
Fossil bones are stirring in their sleep

Another round, another life
The fish's eyes are blurry stones
It's holding on, it's changing shape
Senses sharpen, senses grow

Three hundred holy wars or more
Out of motion, out of mind
With all their anger drained away
Pulled apart by roots and rain

We're holding on, we're pushing back
We're binding books and drawing maps
Of grinding plates and icy comet tails
These songs are blowing over desert trails